Six relievers Phillies could acquire by trade deadline

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Trevor Gott #58 of the San Francisco Giants (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Trevor Gott, San Francisco Giants

Right-handed reliever Trevor Gott serves as the San Francisco Giants closer. He started out the season as among the best of the game, allowing just one combined run spanning six appearances and as many innings.

Gott’s two most recent outings against the 16-6 Oakland Athletics — who lead the American League West by 4 1/2 games — were a different story, however; in just one combined inning, the Lexington, Kentucky, native yielded nine runs (all earned), five hits, two walks and four home runs en route to an 81.00 ERA and .556/.667/2.000 opposite slash line.

If the Phillies wanted to acquire the former Gatorade Kentucky High School Player of the Year, his value is most likely at its lowest considering his recent struggles.

Gott, 27, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the sixth round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Kentucky. In July 2014, he was dealt, along with fellow (former) closer Huston Street, to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Spanning 48 appearances as a rookie with the Angels in 2015, Gott posted a 3.02 ERA, allowing only two home runs in 47 2/3 innings.

Gott has also appeared with the Washington Nationals (2016-18), before joining the Giants at the start of the 2019 season, when he posted an impressive 7-0 record.

Gott appears to be healthy, too, which would be a positive sign for manager Joe Girardi for the home stretch of the shortened 2020 slate. Last September, Gott dealt with dealt with a sprained UCL in his right elbow and later underwent successful surgery on his left groin. But, he entered spring training to what he called “100 percent healthy.”